On Saturday we launched our 2015 General Election campaign with the help of Lisa Nandy and members and supporters from across the city.
Over 100 people turned out to help launch the campaign and set the tone for the next 7 months, a campaign where we’ll be working together to improve the lives of the people in Southampton.
Lisa Nandy reiterated the importance of unity during her speech telling us ‘The right will try and pit us against each other, our solution is to knit our communities back together’ We saw the impact of some of the work already done by Southampton Labour while hearing from supporters across the city.
There was Rob Dent a local business man who outlined his journey from disaffected voter to Labour supporter after Rowenna impressed him with her engagement with the local community.
Then Emma Bungay, owner of Hair4U in Bitterne told us that Southampton Labour had made her believe in politics again after we helped he with her campaign to improve a local playground.
And Lyn and Rob, two cleaners Rowenna Davis has been working closely with fighting for a fair wage alongside sick and holiday pay.
Rowenna spoke about what she’d found when working with people like Emma, Lyn and Rob ‘We know how angry people are. It’s time to get them on board because we cannot win without them. It’s time to really listen to what people are saying, and we will help turn them into leaders’
Alan Whitehead MP for Test summed it up during his speech when he said “We are for the many, not for the few. If we work as hard as I know we will, those two seats will be secure and we know we will have done our part in bringing that about.”
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